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The Latest: Toy grenade shuts down Hobby Airport checkpoint

HOUSTON – The Latest on the exit of a security against Houston William P. Hobby Airport (all times local):

6:20 pm

A spokesman for the airport says a toy hand grenade in a passenger’s bag caused a temporary shutdown at a security checkpoint at Houston William P. Hobby Airport.

The Houston Airport System spokesman Bill Begley says passengers are allowed to go through the checkpoint after the brief shutdown Thursday morning.

An Associated Press journalist, who was in the security line shortly after 4:30 pm heard a Transportation Security Administration shouting, “away with the law!”

Hobby Airport is a hub for Southwest Airlines. The website FlightAware shows delays of an hour or more for flights that arrive and depart Hobby Airport.

The shutdown happened a day after a bomb squad responded to Houston’s other airport, Bush Intercontinental, because a passenger made comments about explosives in a bag. That passenger was later stopped by the police, but the international terminal was closed for about an hour.

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5:35 pm

Passengers catching early morning flights have been told to evacuate Houston William P. Hobby Airport.

According to a telegraph journalist, goes through the checkpoint, Transportation Security Administration employees shouted “Quit! Everyone leave!” at 4:35 pm on Thursday, leaving hundreds of people to evacuate.

The police referred questions to a command center, which had no immediate comment.

The situation is developing just a day after the police detained “an impatient traveller,” who made comments about explosives in a bag in Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston Airport System spokesman Bill Begley said the unknown passenger “inappropriate response” prompted a bomb squad to close the international terminal for almost an hour.

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